This week in Tampa: Willie Nelson, The xx, The Used, Infected Mushroom and more
Last week brought one of the most anticipated shows of the early year, Underoath at Jannus Live. This week brings another: Uber-hip trio The xx at the Ritz Ybor. Other artists coming to Tampa Bay this week: Willie Nelson, The Used, Gojira, G. Love and Speical Sauce, Infected Mushroom, Ballyhoo!, Arlo Guthrie, The English Beat, Joe Budden, G-Eazy, Chubby Checker and more. Get the details after the jump...
THURSDAY 8 p.m. Ritz Ybor, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. Sold out. (813) 247-2555.
Bands as hip as The xx don’t come to Tampa Bay very often, and local music fans knows it — this show sold out weeks ago. Those with tickets will be treated to a night of slinky, minimalist electro-pop — it’s been called hipster makeout music — from this London trio, whose 2009 disc xx won Britain’s coveted Mercury Music Prize. Their new album Coexist is even more sparse, sometimes offering little more than a soft beat and the cooed vocals of singers Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim. It’s equal parts icy and fiery — a perfect recipe for indie-kid love.
With Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $48.50-$100. (727) 791-7400.
The Redheaded Stranger ditched Tampa in August, when he at one point booked for a benefit concert during the Republican National Convention. But we know we were always on his mind. Not that you needed proof of Nelson’s unquestionable legacy in country music, but when the Country Music Association gave him its inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award last fall, they actually renamed the thing in his honor. Future generations of country stars will now receive the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award — which, come to think of it, sounds like a trophy that High Times magazine should hand out, too.
With Kayavibe, Burning Tree
FRIDAY Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $5. (727) 565-0551.
First Friday in St. Pete gets a sunny, surfy soundtrack with Ballyhoo!, whose pop-tinged reggae-rock has earned them slots on the Warped Tour and the 311 Cruise. This is familiar turf for the Maryland band, which seems to pop up at Jannus Live several times a year. If you enjoy your Sublime with a splash of O.A.R., this is the show for you.
FRIDAY 10 p.m. Amphitheatre, 1609 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $15-$20. (813) 873-8368.
Israeli production duo Erez Eisen and Amit Duvdevani mix deep, distorted bass; electric metal riffs; and trippy world-beat elements for a sound they call “psychedelic trance music” — think Nine Inch Nails covering Daft Punk. Their spectacular light shows have made them a favorite at festivals like Ultra and Coachella — recent gigs on this “Fungusamongus Tour” have featured the guys performing from inside giant, glowing, glimmering orbs.
Suburban Apologist 2-Year Anniversary Party
With Have Gun, Will Travel; Set and Setting; INJ/SYS; You Blew It!
SATURDAY 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. Free. (813) 248-4969.
One of Tampa’s best music blogs celebrates two years on the ’Net with a free show featuring some of Central Florida’s best and brightest. St. Pete atmospherists Set and Setting just wrapped up an East Coast tour, and Tampa hardcore act INJ/SYS (pronounced “Injustice System”) is reuniting specifically for this gig. And Orlando’s You Blew It! has earned national acclaim for their 2012 album Grow Up, Dude, a throwback to ’90s-era emo acts like the Get Up Kids and Jimmy Eat World.
G. Love and Special Sauce
With Swear and Shake
SATURDAY 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $25. (727) 565-0551.
Sauce boss Garrett Dutton has carved out a comfortable career playing funky, laconic party jams like Cold Beverage and Baby’s Got Sauce. But in 2011, he embraced his folksier side, hiring the Avett Brothers, Scott and Seth, to produce and perform on latest album Fixin’ to Die. With its handclaps and rollicking banjos, the album is equal parts Appalachian folk and barnyard blues, with sparse twists on Paul Simon’s 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover and the Velvet Underground’s Pale Blue Eyes. No one wants to see Mr. Philadelphonic grow all the way up, but this mature new direction isn’t a bad thing, either.
THURSDAY 8 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $42.50-$59.50. (727) 791-7400.
Richard Marx played his first solo acoustic show at the Capitol Theatre in 2010, and each one since has proven not to be missed. Sure, he’ll sing Right Here Waiting and Now and Forever, but the real draw is Marx himself, as he regales each night’s crowd with stories about his songs and tales from the road. This show was postponed from Dec. 4; tickets to that gig will be good at this one.
Take Action Tour
With The Used, We Came As Romans, Crown The Empire, Mindflow
TUESDAY 6 p.m. Ritz Ybor, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $25. (813) 247-2555.
A decade ago, The Used rode America’s appetite for scream-sung emo to platinum success, and hits like Blue and Yellow and All That I’ve Got have kept them on modern rock radio ever since. Melodic metalcore outfit We Came As Romans are one of the top touring bands on Equal Vision Records, a label that has in recent years snapped up Tampa bands Set It Off and Tallhart. And here’s hoping Crown the Empire breaks out their thrashy, earth-scorching cover of Maroon 5’s Payphone for this one.
With Devin Townsend Project, The Atlas Moth
MONDAY 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $20. (727) 791-7400.
French extreme metal outfit Gojira is as heavy as they come, and they’ve earned huge respect from metal fans and bands alike for their inventiveness and technical precision. At the end of 2012, Revolver magazine asked a number of metal artists to list their favorite albums of the year, and several, including members of Cannibal Corpse, All Shall Perish and Lacuna Coil, picked Gojira’s L’Enfant Sauvage. “Definitely not a run-of-the-mill extreme-metal album,” said Cannibal Corpse’s Alex Webster. “Nobody sounds quite like these guys."
Chubby Checker Through Sun. 11:30 a.m., 1 and 3:30 p.m. Busch Gardens, 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. Free with park admission. (888) 800-5447
Damon Fowler Group Fri. With ParkerUrban Band. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $10-$13. (813) 971-0666.
Empire Cinema Fri. With Rug. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. Cover TBD. (813) 248-4969.
Sister Sin Fri. With Doro, Seven Kingdoms. 7 p.m. Brass Mug, 14811 N Florida Ave, Tampa. (813) 972-8152.
G-Eazy Fri. With Skizzy Mars. 8 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $12. facebook.com/thelocal662.
Lucy Kaplansky Fri. 6 p.m. Craftsman House, 2955 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $25. (727) 323-2787.
Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes 7:30 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Sold out. (727) 791-7400.
Zach Deputy Fri. With Big Something, Funky Seeds. 8 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $14. (727) 895-3045.
Hotel Carolina festival Fri.-Sat. With Ari Hest, Michael Tolcher, Garrison Starr, Brendan James, Griffin House, Matt Duke, more. Postcard Inn on the Beach, 6300 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. $89.99. welcometothehotelcarolina.com.
Dean Johanesen and Rebekah Pulley with Rob Pastore Fri. 9 p.m. Sacred Grounds, 4819 E Busch Blvd. #104. $5. (813) 983-0837.
Joe Budden Sat. 7 p.m. Amphitheatre, 1609 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $20-$30. (813) 873-8368.
Jane Siberry Sat. 8 p.m. Springs Theatre, 8029 Nebraska Ave. $30. (813) 915-0074.
Arlo Guthrie Sat. 8 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $55-$69. (727) 791-7400.
California Guitar Trio Sat. With Montreal Guitar Trio. 8 p.m. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. $24.50 and up. (727) 587-6793.
Jonathan Edwards Sat. Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa. $23-$29. (813) 269-1310.
Brandon Heath Tue. 7:15 p.m. Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St., Tampa. Free. (813) 274-8982.
Terror Wed. With H2O, Backtrack, Code Orange Kids. 7 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $13-$15. (813) 241-8600.
George Jones Thur. 7:30 p.m. Lakeland Center, 701 W Lime St., Lakeland. $40. (863) 834-8111.
Jake Miller Thur. 6:30 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $12-$15. theorpheum.com.
Col. Bruce Hampton Thur. and Feb. 1. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. No cover. (727) 736-0606.
The English Beat Thur. With The Apes. 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $15-$18. (727) 565-0551.
Soul Rebels Thur. 8:30 p.m. The Ale and the Witch, 111 Second Ave NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 821-2533
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*. Photo: Jamie-James Medina